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Investigative Report Featured in The New York Times: Center for Public Integrity Publishes Reports on 5G, the FCC, and Health

Mar 16, 2018


The Center for Public Integrity reporters Allen Holmes and Ryan Barwick  published a series of investigative reports on the small cell deployment and the FCC.  Thes reports covered the lack of action at the FCC on RFR human exposure limits, the preemption actions sweeping the nation and how the rollout will not bridge the digital divide.

One of the articles was published in the New York Times  March 3, 2018, of the New York edition with the headline: 5G Cell Service Is Coming. Critics Fear the Stations Will Look Like ‘a Medusa.”  

Environmental Health Trust recommends reading each of these articles . EHT is featured in the article on FCC limits.

“The FCC last adopted exposure limits in 1996, when macro towers, which can reach up to 200 feet tall, were the primary means for wireless communication. That was more than a decade before the advent of the iPhone and the proliferation of other wireless technologies like wearable computers. The current standards for cell towers are the so-called “maximum permissible exposure limits,” which are based on the frequency of a radio wave and the distance a person is from a tower. Even though a majority of these standards have been adopted globally, anti-wireless advocates say it is too lenient and not relevant to 5G technology.” 

In response to the (NTP) study, the FDA said that “based on this current information, we believe the current safety limits for cell phones are acceptable for protecting the public health.”

March 2018 Articles by the Center for Public Integrity

5G Cell Service Is Coming. Who Decides Where It Goes?

In Depth New York Times Mar 2, 2018


Residents worried about small cell safety have been waiting years for federal guidance

Center for Public Integrity


5G wireless pits cities against telecoms and their friends in the FCC

Center for Public Integrity Mar 2, 2018


FCC says small cells will close the digital divide. Most say they won’t

Center for Public Integrity Mar 2, 2018